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Lesotho, Pakistan friendly tie cancelled

Mikia Kalati

MASERU — The upcoming friendly match between Lesotho and Pakistan has been called-off.
Likuena were supposed to face the Asian country in a series of friendly matches before their last 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
Lefa public relations officer, Thabo Maretlane, confirmed to the Sunday Express that Pakistan had pulled out of the friendly match due to financial constraints.
“We were all looking forward to playing Pakistan before our last World Cup qualifier against Sudan and this is somehow a big blow to our preparations,” Maretlane said.
“We are however trying to get the team a friendly match before the trip to Sudan.”
Likuena coach, Leslie Notši, on the other hand said he has given his players a three week break to prepare with their teams for the new season.
The Lesotho team returned back home last Sunday after reaching the semi-finals of the regional Cosafa tournament that was held in Zambia.
“It is important that we give the players sometime to prepare for the new season with their clubs,” Notši.
The Likuena mentor said it will be important for them to do well in the upcoming World Cup tie.
“We should take over from where we left off during the Cosafa tournament,” he said.
He said there was a big improvement from his team during the tournament in Zambia and expects them to get even better with more game time in competitive competitions such as the World Cup qualifiers.
“I have always believed that playing against teams such as Zambia and Ghana during the World Cup campaign has helped us become a better team,” said Notši.
Meanwhile, Lioli president, Lebohang Thotanyana, is set to be announced as the chairperson of the local organising committee for the upcoming Cosafa Under-20 tournament to be staged in Lesotho in November.
Thotanyana is also the chairman of the premier league and the second vice-president of the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa).
A nine member local organising committee will be picked from the Lesotho Football Association (Lefa), Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) and the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sport and Recreation (MGYSR).

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